Both the Warm Up and Mini Warm Up events from the Grand Prix UK series have crowned their deserved champions and it is Arian Hassankashani and Marlon Bruno Teixeira who are those winners. The former took down the $55 buy-in Warm Up for a cool $26,881, while the latter secured $7,144 after finishing in first place in the $11 buy-in Mini Warm Up.
An incredible turnout of 3,680 partypoker players ensured the $150,000 guarantee of the Warm Up was not only reached by exceeded by $34,000. The 545 players who reached Day 2 secured a slice of the $184,000 prize pool.
Team Online’s Matthew Staples was one such in-the-money player. The talented and popular Canadian ran out of steam in 397th place, a finish good for $118.24. Others who saw a return on their $55 investment included the likes of Adam Neal, Tomas Fara, Paul Allen, Vinnie Mohan, Christophe De Meulder, Patrick Hyllegaard, and Ben Warrington.
The seven-handed final table was fiercely contested, and the top three finishers walked away with five-figure scores, which is a fantastic return on a $55 investment. However, before those prizes were awarded, Ott Jackson ($2,939), Luigi Knoppers ($3,969), and Braulio Bianchetti Saint Yves ($5,580) busted. As did Franco Bucca whose fourth-place exit came with $8,149.
Brazil’s Jordan Piva fell at the penultimate hurdle and he collected the $12,123 third-place prize, leaving Marvin Unsworth of Mexico in a one-on-one battle with Arian Hassankashani for the title. Hassankashani slayed his final opponent and laid claim to the $26,881 top prize, leaving Unsworth to pick himself up, dust himself off, and bank the $18,091 runner-up prize.
GPUK #01 Warm Up Final Table Results
Braulio Bianchetti Saint Yves
Teixeira Takes Down Mini Warm Up
Brazilian Marlon Bruno Teixeira took down the $11 buy-in GPUK Mini Warm Up, an impressive result that came with a $7,144 payday. Players from Brazil excelled in this tournament, with six of the final ten hailing from the home of samba.
Marcelo Felipe was one Brazilian who reached the final table. However, he was the first finalist out of the door. Slovenia’s Gregor Klun crashed out in sixth before Ariel Rezende‘s demise in fifth left Teixeira as the sole Brazilian in the field.
The eliminations of Markus Wittmann of Austria, and Robert James of the United Kingdom came with prizes of $2,161 and $3,218, and left Teixeira heads-up against Germany-based Rodrigo Jacoby. Teixeira got the job done heads-up and resigned Jacoby to a $4,804 payout.
GPUK #02 Mini Warm Up Final Table Results
Marlon Bruno Teixeira
Rodrigo Mattei Jacoby
Two More Chances to Play The GPUK Main Event Online
The Grand Prix UK festival now progresses to the live arena at Dusk Till Dawn where the £150 buy-in £150,000 guaranteed Main Event stands out from the crowd. However, there are two online Day 1s remaining if you fancy hitting the virtual felt before heading to the Nottingham cub.
May 17 and May 18 at 20:05 BST are the dates and times of the final two GPUK Main Event online Day 1s. They cost £150 to enter unless you manage to win your way into them from as little as £0.01.
Be sure to check out the £22 buy-on GPUK Main Event Online Day 1 satellites at 18:00 and 19:00 BST on May 17 and 18 because they each have 10x £150 and 5x £150 GPUK Main Event Online Day 1 seats guaranteed.
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